Norman Berenback

Norman Berenback

Sep 26, 1923 - Jul 4, 2020
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Norman Berenback, of Brewster, NY, died peacefully at his home on Independence Day July 4, 2020. He was 96 years old.
He was born on September 26, 1923 in NYC, NY son of the late Louis and Ray (Gold) Berenback. On September 8, 1946 he married the love of his life Shirley Riesenberg upon his return from the war. Together they moved to Brewster, NY in 1958 to raise their children.
Norman honorably served in the US Army during WWII and the US Coast Guard into his mid 80’s. He enlisted into the Army during WWII and was sent to North Africa; he was re assigned off the ship and placed on the Queen Mary for transport to England- the first ship was destroyed in a torpedo attack with all lives lost. In London, he worked on code breaking and invented power adaptors in the basement of a building when the building was bombed, he was the only survivor and was left being deaf. Norman was crucial during the preparations for D-Day, as he worked behind enemy lines with the French underground setting up communications for weeks before and during the invasion to monitor enemy positions saving thousands of lives. In Belgium, He was charged with restoring a power plant with a captured enemy crew and assisted with liberating a concentration camp where many of his family members perished. In the Coast Guard he was a Flotilla Commander and worked with Putnam County Emergency services as an Amateur radio operator.
Norman was an Electrical Engineer with NY Telephone for over 38 years before he retired.
Mr. Berenback was an incredibly loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family was his everything. He was an active member of Temple Beth Elohim and was an honored Sunday School teacher. He founded Boy Scout Troop #252 in Brewster and was a Cub Scoutmaster . Norman was a kind, gentle and determined person and will be missed by many.
Mr. Berenback is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Shirley, his two children: Steven Berenback, his fiancée Marcia Pio Leite, daughter Debra Berenback-Gold and his 3 grandchildren Bear, Raya and Betsy. He is predeceased by his sister Francine Siegel.
A graveside service was held at 1:00PM on Monday July 6, 2020 at King David Cemetery, Putnam Valley, NY. Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, NY assisted the family with arrangements.
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    King David Cemetery
    101 Mill Street
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Graveside at King David Cemetery


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Private Condolence

Mary Wagner

Posted at 03:37pm
Mrs. Berenback and Debby,
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family! I know Debby loved her father very much and so did
you. Hoping for peace for you over the coming weeks.
Mary Wagner (Debby's friend)

Posted at 01:33pm
I worked with Norm at New York Telephone a long time ago. I considered him a kind and gentle friend. I remember he loved to sail his boat up the Hudson and thru the locks. My condolences to his family.
Don Garrett, Carmel, MY

Posted at 09:22am
My sincere condolences to the family. I knew Mr. Bolenbach when I worked in his bank for almost 20 years in Brewster. He always had a smile and a story . Occasionally I would meet him in the grocery store shopping with his lovely wife. God gave him a full life, and he lived it to the fullest. Rest easy sir. And thank you for your years of service.

Marie Baldassarri, Carmel, NY

Timothy Griffing

Posted at 08:28pm
Eagle Scout Timothy Griffing Brewster Troop 252 Class of 1972. Mr Beneback was my Scoutmaster and his son Stephen was in the troop. Still active at 64. Never knew he was associated with the Coast Guard. I am a retired Coast Guard Officer.

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